San Jose, Calif. - Hoping to continue its upward momentum, the San Jose State University women's gymnastics team hosts UC Davis, Seattle Pacific and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) rivals Boise State on Friday, March 8. The meet will honor the Spartans' three seniors: Victoria Lark, Karlene Simon and Alyssa Telles-Nolan.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for the meet will be available on http://SJSUspartans.com.
LIVE VIDEO: A live feed of the meet with commentary by former San Jose State student-athlete Angela Santoro is available for a fee on http://SJSUspartans.com.
GYM TALK: Be sure to check out the Spartan website every Wednesday for Gym Talk. Hosted by Justin Allegri, he is joined each week by Spartan head coach Wayne Wright and select gymnasts to discuss the past week's performances and preview upcoming meets.
SAN JOSE STATE: San Jose State gymnastics (9-9, 1-2 WAC) earned the third-best team score in school history, a 195.700, and won a tightly-contested non-conference dual at UC Davis on Friday, March 1.
RANKINGS: At the NCAA West Regional, six teams and five all-arounders not on eligible teams, as well as the top individual specialist on each apparatus,with the highest regional qualifying scores (RQS) Compete. To have an RQS, a gymnast must have competed in six meets. According to Troester consulting, the Spartans are ranked ninth (194.035) in the west region. Individually, Bekah Gher is ranked 13th on beam (9.805 RQS), and Julia Greer is the 15th-best floor competitor in the west region (9.825 RQS). Cassandra Harrison is 19th on vault (9.805 RQS).
HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 12th season at the helm of the Spartan women's gymnastics team. He has coached all six San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.
HISTORY-MAKING NIGHT: At UC Davis, the Spartans earned the third-best team score (195.700), the fifth-ranked bars team score (49.025), the ninth-highest vault (48.800) and beam (48.875) team scores, and the 15-best floor team score (49.000) in school history.
SAN JOSE STATE DELIVERS ON BARS: San Jose State kicked off the dual on bars in convincing fashion with the fifth-best team score in school history, a 49.025. The Spartans' best bars performer this year averaging a 9.678 in nine meets, Alyssa Telles-Nolan led the team with a 9.850, tying her career-high and earning second place in the meet. Alyssa Kaschak (9.775) and Bekah Gher (9.825) had career-high performances, while Cami Guyer's 9.800 tied her career-best.
GHER LEADS SPARTANS: Bekah Gher placed second in the all-around with a 39.275, a collegiate best, at UC Davis. It was the Spartans' top score this year and the 10th-best score in program history, as she earned at least a 9.800 in every event. Gher earned collegiate-bests
HARRISON CONTINUES TO SUCCEED: Cassandra Harrison continued to shine at UC Davis. She tied for second on floor with her third 9.900 in as many meets and earned a 39.125 in the all-around for third place.
Against Utah State and Brown, Cassandra Harrison placed in the top three in four of five events (won the floor and all-around, tied for second on vault). She earned a career- and team-high 9.825 on vault, and earned the fifth-best floor score in program's history, a 9.900. Competing in the all-around, Harrison's career-high 39.200 was the 13th-highest score in school history.
Harrison's string of quality performances continued at California. She performed another 9.900 routine on floor, which was her second first place showing in four days. She also placed second in the all-around with a 39.100.
UC DAVIS AGGIES: UC Davis (8-9, 3-0 MPSF) earned its highest team score in school history, a 195.475, in last Friday's (3/1) dual with San Jose State. The Aggies also hit season-highs on bars (49.050) and floor (49.350), marking the first time the program has scored 49.000 or higher on two events in the same meet. Katie Yamamura broke her own school record with a 39.325 in the all-around, and on floor, Michelle Ho tied her career high of 9.925, which is the fourth-best score in school history. Head coach John Lavallee is in his seventh year.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS: The 23-ranked Broncos (9-2, 3-1 WAC) tied two school records en route to its best score of the season (196.575), while collecting seven career-best performances in its dual against Southern Utah on Friday, March 1. The team tied the school record on floor (49.575), as Kelsey Black and Brittany Potvin-Green led the way with 9.950 scores, which tied the individual score school record. Co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick are in their fifth season at the helm of the Broncos' program.
SEATTLE PACIFIC FALCONS: The Falcons (1-9, 1-5 MPSF) posted a 192.975 at dual with Air Force on Saturday, March 2, its highest team score since 2008. It marked the first time since 2004 that the team surpassed 191 points in seven consecutive meets. Kenley Memmel tied for first on the floor exercise with a career-high mark of 9.825 that was the top score for an SPU gymnast in that event this season. Stephanie Wagner was SPU's top scorer in at least one event during every meet this season, including the last seven on the beam. Laurel Tindall is in her 38th season as the Falcons' head coach.
FACEBOOK: Catch up with San Jose State women's gymnastics on Facebook. Like "SJSU Gymnastics" and get video and inside looks into the program. Performances will be posted to the page throughout the meet.
TWITTER: Follow San Jose State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. For select away meets, San Jose State's progress after rotations will be tweeted on the @SJSUAthletics handle.
TICKETS: Tickets are on sale for all home meets at The Event Center box office. Seating is General Admission at The Event Center, located on the corner of San Carlos and Seventh Streets. Prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth 12-and-under, and free for San Jose State students with a valid Tower ID. Groups of 20 or more can pay the Youth price of $3 if tickets are ordered by the last business day prior to the meet.
Tickets are available at the door. All doors to the facility open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to every home meet. The Event Center is located on the corner of Seventh and San Carlos Streets on the San Jose State campus. Fans can park on campus in the Fourth Street Garage. A parking permit can be purchased in the garage for $5.00 after 5:00 p.m.
SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES:
Amy Bellingham competes on beam and vault for the Spartans. Her 2013-bests on vault came at UC Davis (3/1) (9.700) and on beam was a 9.700 at the Denver Quad (2/2).
Kiley Field competes on beam and floor for San Jose State. She recorded a 9.625 on beam at the NorCal Quad (1/4) and earned a season-high 9.725 against Sacramento State (1/25) and at UC Davis (3/1).
Bekah Gher competes in the all-around for the Spartans. She earned season-bests on vault (9.825), bars (9.825), floor (9.800) and the all-around (39.275) at UC Davis (3/1). Her beam season-high, a 9.850, was against Utah State and Brown (2/15).
Hannah Gilbert competes on vault for San Jose State. Her best score of the year (9.800) came at UC Davis (3/1).
Julia Greer performs on vault, beam, and floor for San Jose State. She won the floor at Seattle Pacific (2/8) with a season-high 9.850, which she tied against Utah State and Brown (2/15), and at California (2/18). At the Denver Quad (2/2) she earned a season-high on vault (9.750) and won the beam at UC Davis (3/1) with a season-high 9.850.
Cami Guyer competes in every event for the Spartans. At the NorCal Quad (1/4), she scored a season-high on vault (9.800). She earned a 2013-best score on bars (9.800, tied at UC Davis, 3/1) and the all-around (38.675) at the Arizona Quad (1/12). At Sacramento State (1/18), she earned a season-best 9.675 on floor and against UC Davis (3/1), she scored her season-best 9.800 on beam.
Cassandra Harrison competes in the all-around for the Spartans. She had a career-high all-around (39.200), and a season-high 9.825 on beam, against Utah State and Brown (2/15). She recorded a career-high 9.900 on floor three consecutive times. She tied her career-high vault score at Sacramento State (1/18) (9.825), and had a season-high 9.775 on bars at UC Davis (3/1).
Jasmine Holmes competes on vault and floor for the Spartans. She earned a season-best 9.775 on vault three times (NorCal Quad, 1/4; Denver Quad, 2/2; Seattle Pacific, 2/8). Her 2013-best on floor was against Utah State and Brown (2/15), a 9.775.
Alyssa Kaschak performs on bars for the Spartans. She recorded a 9.775 on bars, a season-best, at UC Davis (3/1).
Victoria Lark competes on floor for San Jose State, recording a career-best 9.800 against Utah State and Brown (2/15).
Tauny Shearer is a beam and floor performer for the Spartans. She earned a career-high 9.775 at California (2/18) and a 9.050 against Sacramento State (1/25).
Alyssa Telles-Nolan competes on vault, bars and floor for the Spartans. She has a career-high 9.525 on vault at California (2/18). Her best score in 2013 on bars (9.850) and floor (9.800) came at UC Davis (3/1).
Marissa Unpingco performs on bars and beam for San Jose State. She scored a career- and team-high 9.800 on bars at the Arizona Quad (1/12), and earned a career-best 9.800 on beam against Utah State and Brown (2/15).
UP NEXT: The Spartans heads to Cedar City, Utah for its final meet of the season, a quad against Iowa, Ball State and WAC opponents Southern Utah on Friday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. MDT. The quadrangular is San Jose State's last showing before the WAC Championships, also at Southern Utah, on March 23.